Have you ever taken a good look at the College Football Playoff’s logo? You can see a version of it here on the the CFP’s home page. That’s it up there in the upper left corner.
Check out the football shape. What does that look like to you? From this vantage point, the two gold curves that make up the football shape look a lot like a pair of parentheses. You know, as in punctuation.
Is that significant? Well, consider exactly what parentheses (sing., parenthesis) are. The word ‘parentheses’ can refer to both the symbols themselves, and the content within them. A couple of definitions, from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition:
n. A qualifying or amplifying word, phrase, or sentence inserted within written matter in such a way as to be independent of the surrounding grammatical structure.
n. A comment departing from the theme of discourse; a digression
Those two definitions refer to the content inside the symbols. The dictionary writers, in their usual dry style, have covered the fundamentals, but left out one fairly important part of the definition: in most written discourse, the stuff within the parentheses–a digression, as the second definition above would have it–is extraneous stuff. You can leave it out of the text and its absence will do little or nothing to change the theme or meaning of the discourse.
Does it tell you anything that the logo for the vaunted College Football Playoff is comprised, in part, of a pair of symbols used to contain something needless?
It should, sports fans. It should.